World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 with culminating activities around the world. Sponsored by the United Nations, WED raises awareness of topics that globally affect the planet, human living conditions, and planet sustainability. The 2013 theme is Think.Eat.Save.
World Environment Day is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. World Environment Day activities take place all year round and climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere.
The World Environment Day celebration began in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.
Through World Environment Day, the United Nations Environment Program is able to personalize environmental issues and enable everyone to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development.
World Environment Day is also a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations.
Everyone counts in this initiative and World Environment Day relies on you to make it happen Anyone can start an action — organize a neighborhood clean-up, stop using plastic bags and get your community to do the same, stop food waste, walk to work, start a recycling drive . . . the possibilities are endless.
Anyone can participate in a planned activity or create one of their own. You may be the catalyst in your office, school, class, business, social group or neighborhood. Here are some highlights of activities around the world.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is launching a clean-up campaign “Let’s do it! Bosnia and Herzegovina” on 18 May 2013 as well as a national Think.Eat.Save recipe competition, running from 8 May to 26 May 2013. These preliminary activities all build up to the WED celebrations on 5 June 2013, in Sarajevo, which is the 2013 European hub for WED. The main WED event on that day will be hosted by the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Global Climate Scream Campaign will be launched to inspire the global WED community to make “Screams from Nature,” mobilizing groups to recreate the iconic painting of artist Edward Munch and photograph the image. A distinguished jury will select the best recreations to be exhibited at Norway’s National Gallery – the country’s main art institution. – See more at:
City mayors, urban planners, engineers and policy makers will engage with speakers on this year’s WED theme at the opening plenary of the Resilient Urban Food Systems (RUFS) Forum on 31 May 2013 in Bonn, Germany.
This forum is part of the 4th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation happening from 31 May to 2 June 2013 in Bonn, Germany. ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) — Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of local and metropolitan governments dedicated to sustainable development at the local level.
Takhi is the Mongolian name for the Przewalski horse, one of the few remaining wild horse species on the planet today. Mongolia’s Hustai National Park (HNP) became home to the takhi when this rare breed was reintroduced to its original habitat in 1992, the start of a unique and exceptional effort to make tame animals wild again.
Tongji University in Shanghai has announced its annual International Student Conference on Environment and Sustainability (ISCES) will coincide with the global event on and around 5 June.
ISCES 2013, starting on June 5 and lasting for four days, is set to dovetail with this year’s WED theme, focusing on “Food, Health and Sustainable Development”. The conference, initiated in 2011, is an annual even aimed at providing international students with a platform to exchange ideas and understanding on critical environmental issues and jointly create new solutions.
Supported and funded by UNEP, Tongji University and Beijing Green Future Environmental Foundation, and organized by UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development, the conferences held thus far attracted over 400 students from more than 40 countries across the globe.